Although each Disciples congregation has its own personality, all have members who care for each other, opportunities to grow and learn, and ways to serve others. As churches grow in true community, they also reach out to include others - encouraging the growth of a diverse community in which all are welcomed and cared for. In Disciples congregations, study and fellowship groups offer opportunities to ask honest questions, share opinions, and discover ways to deal with life's difficult issues, and to grow in faith.
Deep Christian Spirituality
Disciples encourage one another in the spiritual disciplines - practices through which we open ourselves to being shaped by God. Those disciplines include prayer, Bible study, worship, stewardship, service, study of the church's tradition, and hospitality to strangers. Disciple congregations meet weekly to worship God and celebrate the Lord's Supper.
A Passion for Justice
We work to make a difference in our neighborhoods and the wider community. As followers of Jesus we help in soup kitchens and food pantries, shelter the homeless, and care for children. We advocate for fairness in laws and public policy. The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has committed itself to become a pro-reconciling, anti-racist church. Our shared ministries reach out across North America. We "get dirty for Jesus," repairing homes and community centers, cleaning up after natural disasters, and bringing hope where there is despair. Disciples facilities care for abused children and their families, persons with disabling conditions, and senior adults. Our higher education institutions educate and train women and men for the ministry and for careers in other fields.